To connect to your local chapter, or to find other events in your region, see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters. Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar.
Restoration Planting Field Day
Saturday, October 3, 9:30 AM
Join in again this year, on Saturday, October 3, to team up with BLM Botanist Martin Oliver for a bitterbrush planting in the footprint of the Indian Fire south of Mono Lake in Mono County, California. Martin has several hundred young bitterbrush grown out by our Bristlecone Chapter president, Katie Quinlan and volunteers, from seed to be placed and planted. Join in on this opportunity to continuing helping with this post-fire Bi-state Greater Sage-Grouse habitat restoration project. Prepare for diverse weather conditions: sunblock, layered clothing, boots, and sun hat. Bring your lunch, water and any other creature comforts. Trip leaders will bring treats and extra water. We should be finished by 2-3 PM. Meet at Mono Mills off Hwy 120 at 9:30 AM. Contact: Julie Anne Hopkins (831) 566-6012.
San Diego Chapter
Field Trip: Indian Flats and Vicinity of Lake Henshaw
Sunday, October 4, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Leader - Fred Roberts, The area around Indian Flats Campground is not frequently visited by botanists, especially in the fall. However the region offers many interesting fall-blooming plants. This is the easiest place to find the beautiful, state-listed endangered Mojave tarplant (Deinandra mohavensis). The other specialty, primarily found along sandy roadsides east of Lake Henshaw is Warner Springs lessingia (Lessingia glandulosa var. tomentosa), locally endemic California Rare Plank Rank 1B.1 plant. It is known only from the Valle de San Jose surrounding Lake Henshaw. We will see both of these plants and possibly a good deal more following July's summer rainfall in the area. Bring lunch, water, and sun protection. Vehicles should have an Adventure pass. Several roadside stops will be made, which may involve short walks. The group will meet at the SR76 park and ride at the northwest corner of the SR76/I-15 interchange at 8:30 (Thomas Guide map 1048 H2). It is about 45 minutes to an hour to the Lake Henshaw area. If you want to ride-share from coastal central San Diego to the 15/76 junction, meet at 7:45 at the parking lot behind Denny's on Friar's Road just east of HWY 163. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Lassen Chapter
Field Trip: Butte Creek BLM Trail
Sunday, October 4, 9:00 AM
Meet at the Chico Park & Ride west lot (Hwys 32/99) in time to leave by 9 AM. Bring a light jacket, lunch, water, insect/sun protection, and money for ride sharing. We'll drive east on Hwy 32 to Garland Road, then south to the trailhead in Butte Creek Canyon. This is an easy 3 mile round trip walk along a secluded section of scenic Upper Butte Creek. The trail stays close to the stream, has several wooden bridges, and a structured steel stairway. The trail winds through a narrow band of riparian vegetation containing a variety of flowering plants and a mixed coniferous forest extends up the rugged canyon walls. Call for alternate meeting place. Leaders: 530-893-5123, 530-342-2293.
Program Meeting: Vertic Clay Soil Endemic Plant Species
Monday, October 12, 8:00 PM
Learn about some of California's rich diversity of edaphic (soil-influenced) endemic plant species, including those restricted to physically and chemically extreme substrates. You've heard about the challenges of serpentine soil and gypsum-rich soil; come learn about vertic clay soils that present a unique extreme stress to plant growth and some of the plants adapted to this environment. Ryan O'Dell is a Natural Resource Specialist (Botany/Soils/Paleontology) with the Bureau of Land Management in Hollister, California. His specialty is edaphic endemic plant species ecology and conservation. Doors open at 7:30; program at 8:00. Redwoods Retirement Home, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
Channel Islands Chapter
Program Meeting: Native Plant Sections of the Ventura Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, October 13, 7:15 - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Joe Cahill. Learn about what the new Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) is planning for their native plant areas at Grant Park, Ventura. The botanic garden will feature many different plants from around the world, but will also highlight plants that are native to the Ventura County region. In early 2015, the Ventura City Council approved a 35-year master plan for the gardens. The greatest proportion of the 107-acre site will be devoted to native California plants. Mr. Cahill will briefly present the history of garden site, design process, recent progress, and plans for phase I over the next five years. Come and hear what they are thinking and provide them with feedback as well. Bring your unknown native plants to ID before the talk. Venue: Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura.
Sacramento Valley Chapter
Program Meeting: Exploring Biodiversity in California Grasslands
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 PM
Come find out where some of the most species-rich habitats are in California, it just might surprise you! The CNPS Vegetation Program has been studying (and delighting) in grassland vegetation of the Great Valley and Carrizo Plain since 2008. In some cases, Jennifer has re-visited the same plots up to five times over the last few years. Some seasons are breathtakingly showy like the spring of 2010; others are dry and dusty with exposed soil churned from rodent activity. Jennifer will lead a photographic journey across the Valley and through time to explore the native plants of our grassland habitats. Jennifer Buck-Diaz is a vegetation ecologist in the Vegetation Program of the California Native Plant Society where she surveys, classifies, and maps vegetation across the state. Her recent work focuses on the classification and description of grassland vegetation including the study of spatial and temporal dynamics in these systems. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the California Native Grassland Association.
Santa Cruz Chapter
Habitat Restoration: Seabright Beach
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves. Questions? Linda Brodman 831-462-4041.
Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Habitat Restoration: La Sierra Preserve
Saturday, October 17, 8:30 AM
Restoration of a Hidden Gem. You won't find this beauty spot on any map, but after we meet at Peter Strauss Ranch the way will be shown. We'll weed and water recently planted native plants. Bring drinking water. Receive community service credit. Reservations required email@example.com or 818-591-1701. From Kanan Road, Agoura Hills, turn onto Troutdale, then left on Mullholland Highway, then right into Peter Strauss parking lot. 3.5 hrs.
Field Trip: Clear Creek Greenway Trail
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 AM
This field trip will be from the Clear Creek Gorge Trailhead to Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve. We will hike along Clear Creek, where we should see migrating salmon, then through a meadow and a blue oak-gray pine woodland. Part of this area was burned in a fire several years ago, so we'll be able to judge which plants return through root crown sprouting and which through seed germination. We'll see many remnants of past mining days along the trail; the area was heavily mined in years past, and miners still do some low-level placer mining. Mostly level walk of about 4 miles. Dogs on leashes are welcome on this trip. Meet at the trailhead on Clear Creek Road, 4 miles west of Hwy 273 at 9 AM. For more information call David Ledger at 530-355-8542.
Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Talk: Replace your lawn with plantas nativas de California
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Come to this special presentation in Spanish and English designed especially for Hispanic gardeners. Hear about the benefits of replacing a dry, brown lawn with a garden full of native flowers and life. You'll lower your water bill, while attracting butterflies, bees and birds. Pete Veilleux is a master designer, nurseryman and photographer. He is the owner and propagator of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery (www.eastbaywilds.com) in Oakland and is a tireless advocate of native gardening. Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave., Campbell (408) 866-1991.